The Last of Emerald Bay

We’ve been watching the weather since returning to Emerald Bay. We’re trying to make Turks and Caicos by Christmas. The trouble with that is that the winds are directly from the direction of Turks and Caicos (Southeast) for the next week. They are forecast to be in the 13-17 knot range. We always add at least 2 or 3 knots to the forecast because invariably that turns out to be the case. As we value our comfort highly, we aren’t really looking forward to banging directly into the seas for 240 nautical miles. And once the southeasterlies abate, a strong cold front is moving through with forecasted NNW winds of 25-30 knots. We definitely don’t want to be out in that either. Things on a sailboat seem to break when the seas get rough. And… things seem to fly off the boat as well. On the way down to Emerald Bay, we had one of our bow cushions fly overboard. Neither of us saw it go, so there was no attempting to save it.

So, here’s the plan as it stands now (And, it is definitely subject to change along with the weather). We are going to sail the 45 nautical miles easterly to Conception Cay tomorrow morning. We will likely anchor there for the night and spend the day there on Tuesday. Then, we will probably then on Tuesday evening and motorsail into the winds making for Atwood Harbour on Acklins Island, aiming to arrive on Wednesday evening. From there we’ll tuck in to a protected anchorage from the continued southeastern winds for a couple of days. As soon as the winds start to die down from the approach of the strong cold front (probably Saturday), we’ll head out on an ESE direction to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. We’ll have to make sure we beat the approaching cold front which is scheduled to make it down to the Turks on Sunday. We don’t want to have to enter into Providenciales with 25-30 knot winds.

So, that’s the plan for now anyway. It is, as aforementioned, subject to revision. I don’t believe Conception Island has any wifi or cell service. So, we’ll probably keep with the plan until we, at least, arrive in Atwood Harbour.

Yesterday, was a mixed day of work and pleasure. We spent the morning installing our IridiumGo! satellite phone/data receiver. It is completely installed, but unfortunately I could not activate it since it was the weekend. During the afternoon, we walked over to Emerald Bay’s white crescent beach to spend an hour or two in the water and on the sand. It was wonderful! After dinner at Palapa Grill, we returned to the boat to watch the old “Miracle on 34th Street.”

Cindy drilling the hole into the starboard engine compartment into which we ran the IridiumGo! antenna wire.

Cindy drilling the hole into the starboard engine compartment into which we ran the IridiumGo! antenna wire.

Mounting the IridiumGo! onto the wall

Mounting the IridiumGo! onto the wall

The Antenna on the starboard stern rail

The Antenna on the starboard stern rail

Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay

Selfie on the Bay.

Selfie on the Bay.

Wonderful blue waters

Wonderful blue waters

Is this how you find sand dollars?

Is this how you find sand dollars?

Sunning on the beach

Sunning on the beach

The beach at Emerald Bay

The beach at Emerald Bay

Relaxing in the islands with Goombay Smashes with Dinner

Relaxing in the islands with Goombay Smashes with Dinner

Enjoying the scenery after dinner

Enjoying the scenery after dinner

Today, we rented a car to buy provisions for our upcoming trip down to Turks and Caicos. We were running low on several items, especially since our freezer went out while we were gone and ruined much of our food. By the way, it appears there is a short in the 12 volt cord. I plugged it into our AC outlets, and it works fine. I’ll have to work on that DC cord. We then did a couple of loads of laundry at the marina. And, finally we enjoyed a delicious spaghetti dinner prepared by my lovely bride.

Breakfast this morning at  Augusta Bay

Breakfast this morning at Augusta Bay

My view at breakfast: The beautiful woman in front of the beautiful scenery

My view at breakfast: The beautiful woman in front of the beautiful scenery

Ready for the August Bay Sunrise Breakfast

Ready for the August Bay Sunrise Breakfast

Our grocery stop in downtown Georgetown

Our grocery stop in downtown Georgetown

We stopped for pictures at the site of the "Three Sisters"

We stopped for pictures at the site of the “Three Sisters”

We found these awesome bag carrying handles at Walmart so that Cindy could carry all the bags! :)

We found these awesome bag carrying handles at Walmart so that Cindy could carry all the bags! 🙂

If nothing changes by tomorrow morning, we’ll leave the marina and start the next leg of our journey. We’ll not have wifi for at least two or three days, so the next update will follow when possible.

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4 thoughts on “The Last of Emerald Bay

  1. The waters are sooooo beautiful! I cannot imagine swimming in this water, so clear and perfect. The Creator’s fine work.
    Thinking of you both.

  2. It looks like you were in a beautiful spot. Praying that all goes well on your journey & you reach your destination safely! I love you guys!!

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